Stephanie Lombardo ’10
Stephanie Lombardo ’10 attributes her on-campus work in the Hofstra Law School’s Video Department for giving her the opportunities to hone her production skills and follow her passion.
1) What are you doing now?
At Hofstra, I produced and directed a documentary entitled “The Pink Fight.” Right now, I’m gearing up for its premiere at the long Island Film Festival. After my cousin passed away from breast cancer last year, her story inspired me to interview breast cancer survivors and their family members to offer a different point of view on this unfortunately common disease. The festival runs from September 20-23rd, and October 26-29th.
This is a very exciting step for me, and I plan to continue promoting my film. Otherwise, I’m working on some music video productions, and I start an MBA program this fall. With the fierce career competition today, I believe a business degree will open up more job opportunities along with complimenting my already reputable Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) What was one of your most memorable Hofstra experiences?
Besides completing my documentary, it has to be when I worked on my short film in RTVF 47. With a crew of two, a cast of relatives, and a freezing day in February, it took one day on set to film this project. Any film student knows how frustrating it can be to work with 16mm at times, but despite the weather and minor technical frustrations, it was one of the most productive and enjoyable days on a film set I’ve had. In retrospect, that was one of the classes I learned the most from, and had a great time too.
3) What were some of your learning experiences outside of the classroom, i.e. internships? How did those experiences help you perfect your skills?
While in school, I worked on campus at Hofstra Law in the video department. This job presented opportunities for me to hone the skills I had already, and presented situations that challenged my ingenuity.
For example, I learned a lot of post-production animation effects with programs I never worked with in a classroom. Now, because of my campus job, I can offer more working knowledge and hands-on experience to employers.
I can definitely say that working at the Law School video department was an advantage for my job skills, and I was lucky enough to have a very supportive staff and creative team to work with.
4) Which one of your Professors was most influential to you and why?
Professor Noschese has been a profound creative influence and instructor to me. She was one of the first teachers I had at Hofstra, and my initial impression of her proved that her experience can help many students in their career through her warmth and wisdom. She motivated me to boost my performance by encouraging hidden talents to surface. It’s also great to hear from a woman’s perspective on the film industry. Although most jobs are equal opportunity employers, the film industry is still a “boys club”, and I admire any woman who breaks through that barrier. I have to give credit to all of the professors I had a Hofstra, though. They each challenged my imagination and encouraged their students to “think outside the box.”
5) How did Hofstra prepare you for where you are today?
Hofstra provided me with a diverse foundation of career experience that matched my creative diversity. Whether it was using their industry standard equipment to bring my vision to life, or networking with professors and guest speakers at events that Hofstra hosts … there was never a dull moment on campus. I was surrounded by a plethora of engaging activities and events that expanded my career insight and strengthened my confidence. Now, I can network with industry specialists more efficiently. I know how to approach a situation more strategically with my background knowledge. There’s always a piece of Hofstra experience I use on interviews and projects now.